For the second year, BSA has produced the Internet Piracy Report, an overview of the scale and serious negative impacts of online software piracy, including a retrospective look at the past year’s notable enforcement actions, and a resource for those who wish to avoid the pitfalls of illegal software on the Internet.
This year’s report, Software Piracy on the Internet: A Threat to Your Security, makes it clear that software piracy is as pervasive as the Internet itself, exposing users of illicit goods to a host of risks while at the same time harming the economy. Individuals who, mistakenly or otherwise, turn to auction sites and peer-to-peer networks to acquire or transfer illegal software expose themselves to everything from malware and identity theft to criminal prosecution.
Alongside enforcement, this year’s Internet Piracy Report also highlights how BSA works proactively to educate users about the dangers of online piracy. Pirated products often fail to function properly, or worse still, they are capable of infecting users’ PCs with malware that has the potential to cause serious damage.
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